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Primary Voices, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1999

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Issue Theme: Teaching Young Writers the Elements of Craft

  • About This Issue

    JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher

    Abstract: Introduces the themed issue, "Teaching Young Writers the Elements of Craft." Reinforces the concept that in order to teach writing well, teachers need to deepen their knowledge of the writing craft.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Learning to Write: Honoring Both Process and Product

    JoAnn Portalupi

    Abstract: Asserts that, while most elementary classrooms have become workshop communities in which teachers and students share reading and writing, many teachers are unsure how to extend the workshop into an environment in which rigorous teaching about the craft of writing takes place. Argues that learning to write well is not divorced from authentic engagement with reading and writing.

    Keywords: Elementary, Writing

  • Using Authors as Mentors

    Aimee DiMuzio Buckner

    Abstract: Describes how a fourth-grade teacher uses a favorite picture book (Julius Lester's "John Henry") to lead students into reading like writers, thus giving them the opportunity to make the connection between published writing and their own. Shows how working with a brief passage from the book does this. Offers a brief list of books to be mentored by.

    Keywords: Elementary, Writing, Reading

  • A Garden of Voices: One Classroom's Story

    Lisa Siemens

    Abstract: Describes a multiage first- through third-grade classroom where the development of children's voices and their writing can happen slowly, in its own time. Uses children's poems to show how children discover the craft of writing through listening to other writers (fellow classmates and authors) in the ongoing process of hearing their own voices and fastening them to the page.

    Keywords: Elementary, Writing

  • Developing the Craft of Writing in the Sixth-Grade Classroom

    Judith K. Eggemeier

    Abstract: Discusses techniques and lessons used to assist students in reading with a writer's eye, observing the world with a writer's eye, and developing the craft of writing, including the writer's notebook; grabber leads; show, not tell; unforgettable language; and voice. Notes that developing a community of writers is essential to the successful use of each technique and lesson.

    Keywords: Elementary, Writing

  • Talking about Books: Learning from Our Experience as Readers

    JoAnn Portalupi, Ann Marie Corgill, Gwen J. McCorquodale, Tom Lamb, and Gayle B. Morrison

    Abstract: Discusses what five teachers learned when they engaged in a literature discussion group to discuss children's books to develop themselves as writing teachers. Highlights the three layers of talk (emotional responses, exploring the meaning of the book, and exploring the writer's craft) and the role these play in the learning process.

    Keywords: Elementary, Writing, Reading

  • Reflections: Teaching the Craft of Writing

    Ralph Fletcher

    Abstract: Reflects on the articles in this themed issue. Discusses three recurring ideas: the need for devoting time to read, time to talk, and time to write; the organic nature of talk about writing craft; and the importance of teachers writing with their students, reading with their students, and making plenty of time to talk together.

    Keywords: Elementary, Writing

  • Selected Readings

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Index for Volume 7 (1998 – 1999)

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

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